Excellent metric century yesterday!
In yesterday’s blog I mentioned that so far this month I’d ridden 344 miles, and that I wanted to exceed last month’s millage of 366 miles. Tugging at my conscious, however, was that I remember mentioning publicly (I don’t recall if it was here or on Facebook) that my mileage goal for April was 400 miles. Not 344 miles, not 366 mile–400 miles. After I posted yesterday’s blog, I realized that I’d just ostensibly blew that goal off. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Since when do I blow off goals?
I decided to get on my road bike and just go. My plan was to bike over to the West Orange trail, ride the entire 44 mile trail (out and back), and then return. That would put me right at 400 miles for the month.
I was feeling great when I got to the halfway point, so I decided to continue on to the South Lake-Lake Minneola Scenic Trail, which connects to the West Orange Trail at the Killarney Station trailhead. I was not familiar with the South Lake trail, so I figured I’d ride it out far enough to turn my ride into a metric century (100 kilometers). The South Lake trail was beautiful. I didn’t know how far it went, and I didn’t have enough supplies for a ride much longer than 62 miles, so after about 5 or 6 miles I reluctantly turned around and headed back to the West Orange trail.
Does anyone know if the South Lake trail connects to the General James A. Van Fleet State Trail? Based on the maps I looked at when I got home, it appears that the South Lake trail ends as it curves around the western side of Lake Minneola. It would be an incredible ride to do West Orange, South Lake and then James A. Van Fleet and back–I think well over 120 miles?
I rode hard, and was fighting the wind by myself. I didn’t make any special Strava efforts (nor was I aware of where most of the segments were). I just went at a hard but sustainable pace for the entire 63 miles. I was surprised to find that I placed pretty high on some of the segments: 19th of 357 riders/1,280 rides on Fun woods section with uphill finish, 15th of 453 riders/1,772 rides on Sector 1, 15th of 498 riders/2,711 rides on Fast & Fun – Exiting Killarney to Clermont, etc. I think if I hammered the entire 22 miles (where safety allows) I could crack the top 10 on several of these segments.
Here’s the complete ride on Strava.
So my total miles for the month are 407.4 miles. Glad I reached my goal!
I have to wrap this up, Lisa just called me in tears from the front of our subdivision. It’s pouring rain, and there are two loose dogs (with collars) running around near a very busy road. I always keep leashes and dog treats in my truck because you never know when you might have to lend a paw. I hope I can help reunite these soaked pups with their owners!